Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 12, Day 103 - Luke 16

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Here we have two tough parables. I'm not sure I completely understand either of them completely. But the one thing I do understand is in verse 13:
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

I think the word 'money' could be substituted for many things that we often try to serve while trying to serve God at the same time.  He wants us all.

I look forward to your thoughts on this chapter.


  1. I tried to read some commentaries on the first parable because it did seem awkward. I'm not sure I fully get it either.

    Money and material possessions can get in the way of our devotion to God. I fight this over and over. I don't think we need to be poor martyrs, but we often buy way more junk than we actually need and spend an unprecedented time buying it.

  2. I read the first parable in three translations and two commentaries. One commentary says, in part, "The unjust steward is not set before us as an example in cheating his master, or to justify any dishonesty, but to point out the careful ways of worldly men." Another commentary says, "The steward removes his own commission, so what he sacrifices is his own money, not that of his master."

    Luke 16 The Message
    8-9 "Now here's a surprise: The master praised the crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how to look after himself. Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits. I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you'll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior."